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Unique Gifts for Retirees

Updated on November 22, 2017

What gift is perfect for a retiree?

More Old Duffers will hit the retirement date this 2017. With so many gift choices for retirees nowadays, it is difficult to choose. Usually, a committee is formed of office colleagues and the poor wretch absent that day is elected to head of the retiree gift committee. If you are the one chosen, what gift will you propose for this new retiree?


What gifts will you give retirees?

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Gifts Retirees will Appreciate

There are choices to make and ponder before we commit the full $12.56 collected from the 200 office mates to purchase a memento of respect and appreciation for the 35 years of plodding effort.


1. Make Retirees find an Exciting Life Ahead of them

Make retirement not only fun but supercharge it for your new retirees.

Retirement for many people is the end of work life that has given them meaning for years. Showing your appreciation for what they have done is always the right thing to do. At the same time, it is not the end.

Many retirees now are still young and, thus, are still able to enjoy many years that unless something engages them, life will not be the same. Think of gifts to encourage them to create a new adventure for themselves. This book is just what thy'll need to give them ideas and alternatives some of which they may thought but some may have escaped their imagination. Even if some of these things are not for them, it will still be a good read.

2. Gift your retiree fun

For those who have not yet retired, you may think retirement is rest. Forget it. When you sit in your homes, chances are your being free will not last long.

There are always people around who will look for something to engage you. So, help your friends about to retire.

Fun Books for Retirees

What You Don't Know About Retirement
What You Don't Know About Retirement

Make retirees laugh at their situation. You double the value of the gift when you add laughter to it. There are some books that will entertain them no end and which they can share with their retiree friends.

Here's a book retirees will have so much fun of. The surprise of retirement is often the realization that work is still there but it is more enjoyable. Or, you never know what each day will bring that often you have no choice but to laugh at it. Otherwise, you'll go crazy.

This book will help your friends find the humour in what they are going through. The transition can sometimes be difficult and stressful so this book will give them some laughs.

 

The Gift of Fun

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3. Kindle retirees love for reading

If your retiree still doesn't have one, the Kindle is my top gift recommendation. My husband who just turned 70 really loves the Kindle Paperwhite. He used to have the first generation Kindle which just became too heavy. So, off we went to the store to check out and of all the recent Kindle offering this caught his fancy.

Having a Kindle is having your Library with you all the time. It's carrying so many books in a small wallet. Your retirees now can carry their books inside their purses or even put this inside their coat pocket.

If they already have a Kindle and you know how much they love it, you can upgrade what they have to something lighter and lighted. The Paper White is just that. It makes reading in bed a much more enjoyable experience as you don't get the moans of particular neighbours who can't sleep because of the light.

4. Pool your Money for a Worthwhile Retiree Gift

Does your retiree like hanging out in coffee shops? If so, get your retiree an iPad or any other e-tablet. He/She would have fun bringing this to the frequented coffee shop with WiFi access and enjoy the free online searches. They can use the IPad's camera to take pictures while they're hanging out with friends and laugh at these pictures. They can entertain themselves with brain games to exercise their mental faculties or just play with talking friends and have a good laugh.

If you do this, you don't have to give them an e-reader as the iPad has iBooks and you can also download the Kindle app and read all your Kindle books or get new ones in iBooks. Make sure you get them those screen protectors so they can immediately protect their new iPad screen. For a little over a dollar, you save the retiree from frustration.

I suppose it depends on who is retiring. If he is someone who has really helped you or close to you, then, you tend to give a better gift.

5. Give them the gift of wisdom

Make your retiree friends think of these years as their best ever. Why? They have years of experience and these have given them so much strength and wisdom to respond to life's challenges with more success. You don't want your friends whining to you about the lack of engagement or being caught up in engagement they don't enjoy.

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6. Gifts to enhance their home office

Even if the retirees in your gift list will not go for a second job, they often maintain a place they can keep their lives organized.

This will become more of their own nook in their home where they can do the things they like and meet with some of their friends and colleagues.

If they start exploring a new hobby or another job, this office will even be more useful to them.

Get gifts to make this place more useful and fun to them.

Give retirees something for their home

I Dont Want To Im Retired! Pillow
I Dont Want To Im Retired! Pillow

Here's one you can give your retiree, a fun gift for their seating area. Most retirees want to have fun things around them. This one is a conversation piece when visitors come.

This pillow might come in handy for those retirees who don't want to be bothered. They just can stuff this to family members who push them to do things they don't like. Not really a kind idea. Just use it for laughs.

 

7. Get them something special to add to their collection

For retirees who are avid collectors, this is worthwhile. We have a colleague who collected older blue vases so getting one of those made him really happy. The classic suitcase can work but put something funny in it.

See if the company is giving a gift or wants to match employee contributions. Some gift ideas are expensive so it is better to pool your money to buy one special item that would be hard for that person to get once the slippers are the main footwear.

For collectors, you can give the gift of experience. Give them a membership card in a museum close by.

Retirement Hobby

Hobby Gifts for Retirees
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9. Give retirees who love to cook a chef's hat or a smart oven

Here's a smart gift choice. Give them something they had been wanting to get. Some of these handy appliances are just so easy to use but most retirees would not dream of throwing out their old ones for something more practical. But if they are given such, they just love them.


The Gift of Travel

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10. Give them the gift of travel

Introduce retirees to a new engagement. Retirees who travel often love to share their pictures and what better gift to give them than a camera they can start fiddling with, learn how to use and even take courses on photography.

Even for retirees who will not be on the road often, having a new engagement is so important. Picture your retiree having a great time taking pictures as he takes his walks in the morning for some Vitamin D from the sun. Watch them as they learn how to edit these and share them with family and friends.

Gardening for Retirees

Gardening Gifts for Retirees
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11. Gifts to Make Gardening Easy and Fun

You can prepare a basket full of things they can use in their garden. They will love these especially when you choose baskets that they can use when gardening.

You can also make them take on projects in their garden. It is important to have a purpose and give your days some direction. So here are some good choices for these retirees:

12. The gift of golf

If it is, organize for your retiree to play in one of these places. Experience is always the best gift you can give someone.




You must have been in some retirement parties or have known of people who have recently retired. Share with us your thoughts around gifts for those retiring.

© 2010 Mary Norton

What are your thoughts on retirement gifts - Or just let us know you had been here

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great thoughtful gifts for retirees.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      These are some outstanding and unique gift ideas.

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      GreatGazoo 3 years ago

      I think that retirees would appreciate gifts that the rest of us do :)

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      dahlia369 3 years ago

      It seems like you put a lot of thought in this collection of great gifts, congrats for job well done! :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      My daughter told me how much she enjoys using her Nespresso and I think it would be a lovely retirement gift.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Oh, I agree. For some reason, retirees like the color red. Wonderful selection here of thoughtful gifts, Mary.

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      These are great gifts ideas. To keep them active, sports stuff would be ideal too.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      i will pick the Kindle as well :-)

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I love the gifts that relate to their hobby or something that they plan on doing.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Great retirement gift ideas! I really liked the first one with the Kindle and including some retirement books.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      wow, these are some great retirement gift ideas.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      Hi

      I am not sure what I would like to receive but maybe the vintage tv programs. Very thorough lens.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      I hadn't thought of gifts for retirees before. Very unique :-)

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Great ideas! My folks are so funny they just drive their BMW motorcycle all over N. America and don't want anything heavy or too big. I am thinking to recylce my NOOK Color through them. Then they don't have to fight over their iPad.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I love all these gifts ideas :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What unique ideas! Never thought of these. I'll take the music from the 50's. Yep, showing my age here. Great lens.

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      Justin 4 years ago from Slovenija

      Solar keyboard for me, please!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really great ideas and great gifts for retirees.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LynetteBell: Yes, that is what we do. In fact, in some countries now, they already attach the coins especially to specialty knives.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sqchick: I think money gives the retiree the fun to buy whatever they like. That was good of them to think of doing that.

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      sqchick 4 years ago

      I had to come by and see did I get any of these gifts LOL. Well, it's okay that I didn't get any of those wonderful gifts because none of my co workers write online like I do. But they all know Facebook! I retired almost a year ago now, march 23 will make the year. My department and ajacent departments all gave me money and I consider that to be a blessing.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice list...beware some people are superstitious about knives as a gift but if you attach a coin to the gift this will stop the cutting of friendship!

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      I think an iPad is good for a retiree. At least, you can download games to keep you occupied!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      There are some great ideas here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I appreciate these gifts for retirees, it is always tricky to get them something they really need.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      These are such great gifts. I'm sure they'd enjoy every bit of it.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @gregs411: I think retirees would love this especially when it's pre-filled. Why not? Just let everyone give something and let the retiree choose the gift.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Some awesome gift suggestions!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Cool license plates

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      Timsmansmall 4 years ago

      Great gift ideas

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      gregs411 4 years ago

      I like the retirement fun cash box. Does it come pre-filled?

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LiteraryMind: Enjoy your retirement. That's the best gift you can give yourself.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Toy-Tester: What a great idea.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are some truly great ideas. I am retired I would have never thought of them myself.

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Will have to send this link to may Dad who retired last year...:) Thanks for the great reference.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning with fresh angel dust for this leave no stone unturned gift list for retirees....it takes a long time to get to the guest book!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @happynutritionist: You are right. We will just keep working as long as we can.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      What a nice selection of gifts..won't be long before I'll be one of those "old duffers" myself:-) But working on the computer from home, I don't think I'll ever really retire until my fingers stop working.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SandyMertens: Thank you so much.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @EdTecher: You are right. I gave my husband one and he is really enjoying it.

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      Heidi Reina 4 years ago from USA

      iPad is a great group gift idea for just about anyone. We try to find something befitting the retiree's hobbies and interest. Many wonderful ideas here!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Don't think there is anything you left out here. Great gift ideas.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you for visiting and blessing gifts for retirees.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KimGiancaterino: Retire in style. That's the best after working so hard.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great collection of gift ideas for retires. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Excellent ideas. We were just in Palm Springs where people know how to retire in style. Happy 2013!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sukkran trichy: Sports watches are great especially in the golf course.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @crstnblue: Thank you so much and I wish you the same.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely gift collection for retiring people. love those sports watches.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Very nice lens!

      Blessed!

      And wishing you a cheerful Christmas celebration & Happy New Year, 2013!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @VspaBotanicals: You are still too young.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Wow!!! This lens makes you want to retire. LOL! Great ideas.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Nithya Venkat: Thank you for enjoying your visit.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ksrpraj: Thanks for the visit.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great gift lens. Enjoyed reading and so many gift options to choose from. Awesome.

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      Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

      An excellent lens with full of gift ideas

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @yourselfempowered: Thank you so much for the complimentary comment.

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      Odille Rault 4 years ago from Gloucester

      Wow, what a brilliant - and extensive - selection of gifts for retirees! Great idea for a len, and so well done! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @MiaMusement: I love that quote of Emerson.

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      What a fabulous selection of retirement gift ideas! I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote... so true...

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @neotony: That's Grumpy in our garden in the Philippines. I wish we can just stay there.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @miaponzo: Thank you for the blessing and the visit.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      You have some absolutely lovely retirement gift ideas here! blessed!

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      neotony 5 years ago

      i love the pic of the retiree gardening. that's my favorite flower, but I digress, thank you for this helpful lens. it's hard to know what to get unless you have been a retiree yourself.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you. You are always generous with your comments.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Virginia Allain: You would always know a bit about someone in your circle who is retiring. Get something that fits or something that piques their interests.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      It's tough trying to find something other than the traditional watch for a retiree. Sure glad you gave such a wealth of suggestions. Something for all tastes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very thoughtful gift ideas for retirees! Nicely done!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @acreativethinker: Thank you for the appreciation of the gift choices.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DIY Mary: I am happy you love these gifts. Books are always great.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lee Hansen: Yes, we are moving into the fun time as many of us retirees can say now so gifts to make us create a much more fun life are the best

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: You are right. We always think out carefully what would be meaningful.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love retirement parties and seeing the gifts presented to the outgoing retirees. These gifts are usually very special as are the persons who have worked for so very long in these positions.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      This is an excellent collection of genuinely thoughtful gifts for retirees. When we retire we're just moving to the best part of our life, so a gift that will be part of that fun time makes the most sense and the most appreciated.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a nice collection of gifts! They are really nice and more personal alternatives to the traditional gold watch. I especially like the books.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      There are some really interesting gifts on this lens, I am sure many would love to receive. Great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you again Tipi.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ItayaLightbourne: You are right or a Kindle if they don't have one yet.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @pawpaw911: Lucky you.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic gift ideas for retirees! I would probably go with chipping in for a gift certificate to a place that sells something they are really interested in. If they love books, then a huge Amazon gift certificate would be awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by again to refresh the blessing on this wonderful gift ideas lens for retirees! :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great gifts. I got a watch when I retired. I have a lot more time to keep track of now.

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      I really, really liked the T-shirt/hoodie idea - what an amazing gift - also liked the portraits both ideas are very different, and would be unexpected for anyone.

      Lots of great ideas to think on here.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Like mentioned here, it is important to know what the retiree likes. You wish for the gift to be special, an expression of gratitude over the work they have done.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will certainly put a lot of thought before giving a gift to retiree. Many a times, talking to them really helps, one can then come out with a gift that they can really use. My retirement plan will be to relax and meditate (it is tough), the mind keeps wandering away. So maybe I will travel a bit to let my mind meander with me.

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      Interdev 5 years ago

      Wow. If you can't find a retiree gift idea here you must be a republican.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sherioz: I know how much people love thier collection that I try to bring them something to add to this.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DebMartin: Thank you. Many plan to travel for retirement so I included these gifts here.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      These are some super ideas. I especially like the gifts for retirement traveling. Well done and very thoughtful. d

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      You mention about getting something for the collector's collection - I agree. I love when someone pays attention to my miniatures collection and brings something that fits in.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @yayas: You are right. many retired people find themselves even busier.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sousababy: I just get fun things as they don't need much.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @norma-holt: Good for you.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: Have a transition plan.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @BarbRad: We are officially retired but still working. We are happy.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I still haven't retired from self-employment, and probably never will. You have provided a number of gift suggestions for those who do have friends and colleagues retiring.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      OMG, seriously ... I have actually been contemplating retiring! But, it got rather scary, you know?

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Interesting topic. Never been affected by this problem. Great lens

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas, I find retiree gifts the toughest to find.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      We've been conditioned to think that we'll have time to sit back an' relax, once we retire. Imagine our shock when we were immediately inundated with projects at every turn. It seems that many people are afraid we will sit around an' get bored, now that we've retired. LOL

      I should be so lucky! haha